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Arlene Avakian: Stephen Lynch’s stance on reproductive rights is troubling

To the editor:

Here we go again. During the race for the Senate seat in Massachusetts between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, we heard again and again that Brown supported women and our reproductive rights because he knew he could not get elected in this state without some support of women’s right to choose.

At the same time he said he was pro-life. Stephen Lynch is playing the same game. He says he does not want to overturn Roe v. Wade, yet he calls himself pro-life. Like Scott Brown, he wants to have it both ways.

What does being pro-life mean for Stephen Lynch? He voted for Rick Santorum’s bill to ban late term abortions and he voted for a bill that would make it a crime to harm a fetus. According to this bill, if a woman who is carrying a fetus is attacked and the fetus is harmed, the attacker would be charged with two crimes — one for attacking the woman and the other for attacking the fetus.

Since this bill grants personhood to a fetus, it presents a serious danger to women’s reproductive rights. It is not a great leap to go from a fetus having a legal status as person to considering abortion to be murder.

I would not put my trust in Stephen Lynch to protect women’s reproductive rights and neither does NARAL, a pro-choice advocacy group, who gives him the very low rating of 10 percent. They consider him pro-life too. U.S. Rep. Ed Markey’s record is crystal clear. He supports a women’s right to choose and enjoys a 100 percent rating from NARAL.

You can’t have it both ways. Either you support women’s reproductive rights or not. I urge everyone who believes women have to right to make a choice about our own bodies to vote for Ed Markey in the Democratic Primary April 30.

Arlene Avakian

Northampton

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